Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/April 6

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This is a list of selected April 6 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only four to five events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article or picture of the day.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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1320 – The Declaration of Arbroath, a declaration of Scottish independence, was adopted. refimprove
1580 – An estimated ML5.3–5.9 earthquake struck the Strait of Dover, one of the largest earthquakes in the recorded history of England, Flanders and Northern France. refimprove section
1652 – Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck established the first permanent European settlement in South Africa at what eventually became known as Cape Town. refimprove section
1782Rama I succeeded King Taksin of Siam, founding the Chakri Dynasty. refimprove
1793French Revolution: The Committee of Public Safety was established, and would become the de facto executive government during the forthcoming Reign of Terror. unreferenced section
1866 – The Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the American Civil War, was founded in Decatur, Illinois. refimprove section
1886Vancouver, one of British Columbia's youngest cities, was incorporated. outdated
1893 – The Salt Lake Temple, the largest of more than 140 temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was dedicated in Salt Lake City. unreferenced section
1909 – American explorer Robert Peary allegedly became the first person to reach the North Pole; his claim was accepted for many years, although modern research has determined that he most likely did not. lots of CN tags, refimprove/unreferenced sections
1917World War I: After more than two and a half years of efforts by President Woodrow Wilson to maintain neutrality, the United States declared war on Germany. unreferenced section
1941World War II: The Luftwaffe began Operation Retribution, bombing the Yugoslav capital Belgrade n retaliation for the coup d'état that overthrew the government that had signed the Tripartite Pact. TFA fo 2020
1979 – The first of the 1979 Nepalese student protests broke out, which forced the monarchy to concede to holding a referendum on the possibility of a multiparty system in the country. lots of CN tags
1994 – The airplane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down as it prepared to land in Kigali, Rwanda, becoming the catalyst for the Rwandan Genocide. refimprove section



  • Rwandan Genocide appears on April 9, so Assassination of Juvénal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira should not appear in the same year

April 6: Tartan Day

Cover of the official report for the 1896 Olympics
Cover of the official report for the 1896 Olympics
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